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December 5, 2022
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Upcoming Event
Podcasting the Middle East: A Conversation With Kim Ghattas
Wednesday December 7 | 10:00 - 11:00 am EST | Online

On December 7, AGSIW will host a conversation with Kim Ghattas, host of the new podcast "People Like Us." Hussein Ibish will moderate the conversation.
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Event Report – Petro Diplomacy: Gulf Countries on the Front Line of Energy Security
  Kate Dourian

The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington's eighth annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the upheaval in the oil and gas markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the role of Gulf Arab oil producing states in meeting the sudden demand surge.
Home of Khaleeji Hip Hop and R&B: Bahrain in the Gulf Music Scene
  Nada Ammagui via Millennial Gulf

To Bahraini music producer Sarah Nabil, khaleeji hip hop and R&B are all about the grooves native to Arab cultural heritage and a language that is relatable.
A New Chapter for UAE Defense Procurement?
  Albert Vidal

Strategic autonomy and technology transfers take center stage in a shifting UAE procurement policy.
The Philosopher’s Council to Iran’s Philosopher King

The November 29 edition of the Iran Media Review examines interviews with academics who call for the regime to “recognize other political forces” to avoid “violent change.”
IRGC Claims It is Fighting ISIL on Iranian Soil

The December 2 edition of the Iran Media Review explores efforts by IRGC media to blame ISIL, “counterrevolutionary” forces, and others for unrest in Iran’s Kurdistan province.
Past Event
UAE Security Forum 2022: Expanding Regional Partnerships for Security and Prosperity

On November 17, AGSIW held the UAE Security Forum in person again in Abu Dhabi. It assessed regional geopolitical trends and advanced a common vision for strengthening security cooperation, recognizing the linkages and advantages of integration among countries in the regions of the Gulf, Levant, and Red Sea, and increasing engagement with the United States. Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, delivered the keynote address.

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In the Media
  • USA Today: Kristin Smith Diwan discussed Iran's participation in the World Cup.
  • WTOP and Radio New Zealand: In radio interviews, Diwan discussed the politics of the U.S.-Iran World Cup match.
  • Haaertz: Hussein Ibish discussed right-wing Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir and the future of Israel-Gulf relations.
  • Zawya: Robert Mogielnicki commented on how oil revenue is likely to impact the Public Investment Fund’s investment activities.
  • Al Hurra: In an interview, Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman discussed the Iraqi prime minister's visit to Tehran and the impact on U.S.-Iraq relations.
  • The New Arab: Ibish commented on Israel's incoming government and the potential impact on the Abraham Accords.
  • Middle East Studies Association: Robert Mogielnicki participated in a special session on energy, innovation, and the future of Gulf economies. He also presented on the panel "National and Transnational Political Economies. Kristin Smith Diwan chaired the panel "Contested Culture: Identity Formation, Nationalism, and the State in the Modern Middle East" and presented on the panel "Scripting Change in Saudi Arabia: Narratives and Narrators, Policies and Policymakers."
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